April 15, 2018
BOSTON — On Sunday night, just hours before the 2018 Boston Marathon, elite race sponsor John Hancock announced that Jordan Hasay, the top returning American woman from 2017, has withdrawn from this year’s race.
“After recovering from plantar fasciitis, and running pain free the past few weeks, her team wanted to ensure she was ready to go and scheduled an MRI today,” elite athlete coordinator Mary Kate Shea wrote in an email to media this evening. “The results showed a stress reaction in the heel and her doctor and team have made the decision that Jordan needs to take time to recover fully so there is no long term injury.
“We support that decision and have invited Jordan to return to Boston next year.”
Shea also included a statement from Hasay.
“It is with deep regret that I have to withdraw from tomorrow’s Boston Marathon,” Hasay wrote. “Despite my team working around the clock to give me every chance to make the starting line, on this occasion it will not be possible. I wish my fellow competitors and everyone taking part the very best of luck and I look forward to toeing the line with them next year and for many years after that.”
When we spoke to Hasay on Friday, she said her foot was “doing great” and that she had not missed a workout since withdrawing from the World Half Marathon Championships on March 24 with a tight plantar. We asked her specifically whether she thought the foot would be a factor on race day and she said, “No, I’ll be okay” — though that is before she knew the results of the MRI.
Interview with Hasay from Friday (before withdrawal)